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Obama cuts manned moon budget

Sir Martin Sweeting :So President Obama has scrapped the US plans for a manned return to the Moon. As the world claws it way out of recession, many might see this decision as being financially prudent. However, the exploration of the lunar surface is still very much on the agenda. But it won’t b...

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09 February 20100 Comments0 Comments

Don't miss Sir Martin Sweeting on

SSTL founder, and Director of the Surrey Space Centre, Professor Sir Martin Sweeting gave a talk on small satellites for the Appleton Lecture organised by the IET on 19th January. The Appleton Lecture was established in 1965 to commemorate the life and work of Sir Edward Appleton, a widely honou...

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04 February 20100 Comments0 Comments

Meet SSTL at a show in 2010

The SSTL Group is attending a number of shows in 2010 where it will present its latest satellite subsystems, satellite communications and civilian and commercial earth observation mission capabilities. Experts from SSTL and its American operation SSTL US will be on hand to discuss your latest s...

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27 January 20100 Comments0 Comments

SSTL is on BBC Breakfast today

As part of its mini-series looking at the state of British manufacturing, BBC Breakfast's Tim Muffett visited SSTL's headquarters in Guildford to find the secrets of its success. The video report gives a sneak peak at cleanroom operations and mission control. Mr Muffet also catches up briefl...

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26 January 20100 Comments0 Comments

Green light for Galileo satellites

Today at 12:30 in Brussels, the EC announced that the SSTL and OHB-System team has been selected by ESA to supply 14 navigation satellites for the deployment phase of the Galileo satellite navigation system in a deal worth 560m Euro. Galileo satelliteThe two companies agreed...

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07 January 20100 Comments0 Comments

Galileo satellite's 4th birthday today

SSTL is celebrating the 4th anniversary of the launch of its historic GIOVE-A satellite today. As the first of the Galileo In Orbit Validation Element satellites, GIOVE-A was the first step in Europe's visionary Galileo satellite navigation programme when it was launched on December 28th 2005. ...

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28 December 20090 Comments0 Comments

SSTL sponsors students scientists

SSTL is sponsoring a team of students that have been enrolled in the Engineering Education Scheme (EES) to help solve real and live problems for engineering, applied science and technological companies. The Scheme is set up by the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), with the aim to provide stud...

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01 December 20090 Comments0 Comments

Sweeting talks small satellites

SSTL will be in attendance at this year’s Global Space Technology Forum which kicks-off on 7th December at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), and draws to a close on 9th December. Now in its second year, the GSTF is the region’s only conference and exhibition dedicated to Space Te...

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24 November 20090 Comments0 Comments

Proba-2 Goes Gas

The European Space Agency (ESA) Proba-2 mission has entered its 2 month commissioning period following a successful launch. SSTL’s Microsatellite Gas Propulsion System is on-board the 137kg small satellite and was integrated by the satellite’s manufacturer Verhaert Space Systems. The Microsate...

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13 November 20090 Comments0 Comments

Student Moon mission begins

SSTL has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to manage a pan-European student built mission to the Moon. The European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) programme will place a spacecraft into a lunar orbit to map the lunar surface, acquiring images and other scientific data about our neares...

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06 November 20090 Comments0 Comments

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